Multitasking is something business owners have been encouraged to do, and it’s seen as a positive thing because by doing more than one thing at a time instead of focusing on each task one by one, you’ll get through your task list quickly and be more productive.
While the concept of multitasking sounds good, the practice of multitasking simply doesn’t work. Rather than providing business owners with the opportunity to complete tasks more quickly, it ensures everything they do is completed at a lower quality.
They’re unable to concentrate on it fully, and they’ll either have to go back and spend more time on the individual tasks or put out an inferior quality product or service.
You should never multitask in business, and here are the best alternatives.
Set Your Priorities
One of the reasons we fall into the trap of multitasking is a lack of priorities. No matter how big or little, every job is assigned the same level of importance. That means there’s no meaningful way to separate them and determine which ones have a higher priority than others.
When should you find a supplier of polypropylene big bags? When should you post that new job ad? When should you chase your clients for payment or fix the broken link on your website?
In business, certain activities will inevitably be more important than others, and making a list of everything you need to accomplish in order of importance is the best approach. That way, you can go through the list in sequence, completing the most essential and urgent tasks first, then moving on to the less important ones.
Hire More Help
Nobody is good at everything, and attempting to do it all in business will result in one of two outcomes. The first is that you spend more time working in your business than on it, slowing growth. The second is that anything you do get done will be hurried, perhaps resulting in a bad reputation.
Many times, the answer is to recruit more staff. Find individuals who have the expertise and abilities to help you with tough tasks. This means you can quit multitasking and instead concentrate on the heart of your business. You can recruit full-time or part-time employees, or you could outsource. Using an accounting specialist to look over your numbers, a web designer to construct your website, or a social media manager to assist you online is a wonderful approach to get things done without compromising quality.
Because many more people are becoming “solopreneurs” and establishing their own businesses with little to no support, there has been an increase in helpful tools for those who wish to manage their business in a more coherent, seamless manner.
The more tools you can use, the less work you’ll have to do manually, and while you’re still technically multitasking, because the tools are doing the job for you, it’s not quite as troublesome as if you were doing everything yourself.
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